Well, hymn--"hymnal" is the book hymns appear in. But if it is from the late 1800s, even by America's stretched copyright laws, it's public domain now.
Originally Posted by Garnet Star
Yup. Covers. Happens all the time.
Originally Posted by sabianq
And, presumably, the liner notes, where it's legally more important.
although i should point out that Kurt gave cretit to The Meat Puppets at the beginning of the song.
Lead Belly didn't write it, either. It's a folk song. Regardless of who wrote it or when, the original writer is unknown, so they couldn't collect royalties anyway. Heck, the oldest known recording is from nearly fifteen years before his. No one gets royalties on "Barbara Allen," either.
there are many examples of music that has been rearranged throught history... Huddie Ledbetter "Lead Belly" is a good example, his work shows up in many modern mucisc rearrangments.
his most famous is "House of the Rising Sun".
It is interesting that most people do not realize that the modern version(s) are adaptions from his old folk song...
(yes, i am aware that copyrights run out)
There are specific laws covering them. So long as you have permission from the rights holder, and doubtless make arrangements regarding royalties, you're golden.
i just wonder if adaptions and rearrangments of music constitute copyrigh violations...
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